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PBA starts to forge closer ties with Asian counterparts

Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Willie Marcial said they are starting to forge closer ties with the different basketball leagues in Asia, especially the B. League and the Korean Basketball League (KBL).

Marcial revealed that he has gotten correspondences from the aforementioned leagues. The B.League has extended an invitation for him to attend the B.League All Star Game in January of 2022, while the KBL has sought a meeting with him.

“Ang KBL commissioner, sumulat at gusto makipag-meeting sa atin. Ang Japan B.League, may All-Star, iniimbita ako na pumunta sa Japan,” shared Marcial during his appearance on the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday.

These developments, along with the PBA’s partnership with the East Asia Basketball League, is a welcome sight, not just for the country’s basketball scene, but also for the Asian landscape in general as it opens up more avenues for Filipino basketball players.

This comes on the heels of several Filipinos heading to Japan and Taiwan to play for different teams. This includes PBA superstars Kiefer Ravena and Bobby Ray Parks and amateur standouts Dwight Ramos and Kobe Paras.

“Nakikita niyo na na may usapan na ang mga iba’t-ibang liga. Gusto tayong kausapin ng Korea, inimbita tayo ng Japan league. Simula na na maging maayos ang samahan natin dito sa Asia,” said Marcial.

PBA chairman Ricky Vargas added that having close ties with other Asian leagues will help smoothen the player movement process.

“When we do have stronger ties, we will be able to see to it that we respect each other’s rights in terms of movement of players. We will have better cooperation,” said Vargas.

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